Inside the University 331 - Four Fingers VS Thumb when Choking

Inside the University 331 - Four Fingers VS Thumb when Choking

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Xande talks about choking your opponent from the mount, with four fingers in the lapel versus your thumb in the lapel. His preferred grip is with the thumb in, because it allows him to make a deeper grip in the collar. Another detail is that while finishing the choke, he puts his head on the mat to the side of his top hand.


Inside the University 330 - Cross Choke from Mount

Inside the University 330 - Cross Choke from Mount

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Breaking down another one of his fights, Xande has mounted his opponent, and he defends by turning on his side to block Xande's leg. Immediately, Xande goes to the technical mount and grabs the cross collar with the thumb inside, and flattens him out. Because he didn't feel he had a great grip, Xande let go of the collar to open the other collar, and make a cross grip with his other hand. At this point, his opponent turned back on his side, so Xande moved around, placing his chest on the back. Next he reached his free hand over the head and opened the neck with his forearm to make his second collar grip. Now he could bring his forearm across the throat and go back to full mount to finish the choke.

Inside the University 329 - Paper Cutter Choke from North South

Inside the University 329 - Paper Cutter Choke from North South

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From north south position, Xande's opponent is focusing on defending the Kimura, so he stays flat on his back and his arm ended up underneath Xande's armpit. Xande threads his arm underneath his opponent's arm, with his palm up, and grabs the collar with his four fingers inside. With his other hand, he makes a grip on the other side collar with his thumb inside. Now he walks to the side of his first grip, and connects his elbows to finish the paper cutter choke.

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

Inside the University 328 - Half Guard Shin Cut Pass

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Xande breaks down his guard pass from a fight that his opponent pulled half guard. Once his opponent pulls, Xande immediately places his hand on the chest and extends his arm to keep a lot of pressure on him. His other hand makes a grip on the sleeve, and he steps himself back so he can knee cut across his opponent's shin. It's important that he gets low enough and points his knee back, rather than doing a traditional knee cut across the thigh. Once he breaks through the legs, he drops his weight on his opponent's hips, and works his way to side control.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 12 - Baseball Bat Choke

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 12 - Baseball Bat Choke

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From the butterfly guard, Robson's opponent gets the underhook and flattens him out. Robson feeds his lapel under his armpit to his other far hand with the palm down, and his other hand grabs from the other side of the neck with the palm up, making the baseball bat grip. Here, he can attempt to finish the choke by closing his elbows, but if his opponent defends, he can sweep and finish the choke from the top.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 11 - Brabo Choke

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 11 - Brabo Choke

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Robson is playing butterfly guard, but before he can set up a good attack, his opponent gets the underhook and flattens him out. Robson pulls his opponent's lapel out on the same side as the underhook, and feeds it under the armpit and behind the neck to his other hand. Now he extends his butterfly hooks to stretch his opponent out and to sit up. He brings his free hand underneath the jaw, and gives the lapel, setting up the first grip on his choke. Here, Robson can grab the gi on the other shoulder to finish the choke, or if his opponent blocks with his hand, Robson drags the arm across the body and finishes the brabo choke.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 10 - Lapel Lasso Sweep to Choke

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 10 - Lapel Lasso Sweep to Choke

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From the butterfly guard, Robson takes his opponent's lapel out, and then his opponent swims his arm to get the underhook and tries to flatten him out. Posting on his elbow, Robson lassos the lapel around his opponent's neck, and reaches over the back to grab the belt. He uses his hook to sweep, and passes to the side. His free arm goes underneath the armpit and he feeds the lapel to his other hand. Now he grabs the lapel with his free hand, thumb in, and finishes the choke.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 9 - Sweep with Lapel Grip Behind the Back

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 9 - Sweep with Lapel Grip Behind the Back

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Robson starts in the butterfly guard with the underhook, and is unable to grab his opponent's sleeve. He pulls his opponent's far lapel out of the belt, and lays flat as he feeds it across the back to his underhook hand, trapping the arm with it. He posts his free foot flat on the mat, swims his arm underneath his opponent's leg, and uses his leverage to sweep his opponent.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 8 - Sideways Sweep when Opponent has Underhook

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 8 - Sideways Sweep when Opponent has Underhook

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Robson's opponent has the underhook and is able to flatten him out. With his free hand, Robson grabs the near sleeve and pushes it across his body. His other arm that had the whizzer now reaches over the back to grab the belt, and Robson ducks his head underneath his opponent's head, moving his body perpendicular to his opponent. Now he uses his leverage to pull with his grips and kick with his hook, sweeping his opponent to his side. He maintains his grip control until he rolls to the top and can establish side control.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 7 - Butterfly Sweep to Mount when Opponent has Underhook

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 7 - Butterfly Sweep to Mount when Opponent has Underhook

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Once again, Robson is playing butterfly guard, and his opponent gets the underhook. Like before, Robson makes a tight whizzer, feeds the far sleeve to his hand, and posts up on his elbow. His opponent feels off balance, so he drops to his knees to keep pressure on Robson. With his free leg behind his hook, gets on his knee, removes his hook and steps his leg over his opponent's back. Not wanting to give up his back, his opponent rolls and Robson takes the mount.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 6 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 6 - Triangle from Butterfly Guard

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Robson is in the butterfly guard, and his opponent gets the underhook on him, so he whizzers the arm and makes a grip on the opposite sleeve by feeding it with his other hand. He posts his hand on the mat to keep his base, and drags the arm in as he stretches his free leg out, giving him the space he needs to close the triangle.

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 5 - Butterfly Sweep to Back Take

Robson Moura Butterfly Guard 5 - Butterfly Sweep to Back Take

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Again, Robson goes for the basic butterfly sweep, but his opponent bases, so Robson needs another option. He brings his free foot below his hook, and makes an X on his opponent's knee. He brings his underhook up as high as possible to force his opponent's posted arm past his head. Now he stretches out his legs and moves his body under his opponent's armpit, landing on the back. Here, he throws his top hook over the body, makes a grip on the lapel, and rolls through, taking the back. He brings his other leg over the shoulder to finish the choke. Note that Robson never lets go of the sleeve grip.